Joel Plaskett is one of Atlantic Canada’s best-known performers. Joel saw early success during the rapid growth of Halifax’s indie scene in the 1990’s. His band Thrush Hermit along with bands like Sloan, Eric’s Trip, Jale, Hardship Post and the Super Friendz set the tone for a fresh Atlantic Canadian sound.
Joel’s career grew with his band the Emergency and as a solo artist through the 2000’s. Using his own unique take on 1990’s Halifax indie rock…a stripped down, acoustically oriented feel with pop hooks, strong melodies and lots of harmonies.
Through this period the awards and award nominations were rolling in and a relentless touring schedule built a strong fan base across the country.
Now 43, Joel continues his musical journey and has become an entrepreneur with the New Scotland Yard emporium, a cooperative venture with Taz Records, Elk’s Haircutting and Joel’s recording studio at 45 Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth… As Joel says, “Come buy a record, get a coffee, get a little off the top or book some time at the studio and cut your next record. Music is at the heart of it and all are welcome.”
I hope you enjoy my wide-ranging conversation with the thoughtful, charming, and very talented Joel Plaskett…